Heartbreaking Small Details Fans Noticed In Disney Movies

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Vote up the most heart-wrenching fan theories.

In Disney animated classics like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, we tend to remember the romance, the whimsy, and the happy endings. However, these movies also have some truly heartbreaking moments, many of which fans have collected online. Some of them work in concert with the music, like how Mulan finds a little girl's lost doll at the end of "A Girl Worth Fighting For," giving her newfound inspiration to stop Shan Yu. Others take a little bit of scientific knowledge. In Alice in Wonderland, a mother oyster leaves her bed in March-- a prime month for catching oysters-- meaning she's likely going to be eaten. There are even details that pay homage to real-life tragedies. Frozen II features a character named Ryder, who is inspired by the deceased son of the first movie's director.

Check out this list of heartbreaking small details fans spotted in Disney movies, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


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    131 VOTES

    The Donkeys Pulling The Coach In 'Pinocchio' Are Children

    From Redditor u/TheGreenSteak:

    In Pinocchio, the coach taking the kids to the Isle is pulled by donkeys who were probably also children brought there. This would explain the constant wipping from the coachman as well.

    131 votes
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    138 VOTES

    Ryder Is Based On A Director's Lost Son In 'Frozen II'

    From Redditor u/b-roni8:

    In Frozen II, the character Ryder was based on director Chris Buck’s son who died at the end of 2013. It was co-director Jennifer Lee’s idea to add him as a tribute.

    138 votes
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    134 VOTES

    A Lost Doll Is Worth Fighting For In 'Mulan'

    From Redditor u/Wil-Himbi:

    In Mulan, shortly after the song 'A Girl Worth Fighting For,' Mulan finds a girl really worth fighting for.

    134 votes
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    119 VOTES

    Elsa's Parents Made Her Special Shackles In 'Frozen'

    From Redditor u/_BindersFullOfWomen_:

    The type of chains Elsa has on were obviously made for her. However, Hans could not have made them because no idea that covering Elsa's hands stopped her powers and also didn't resources at the time to make them. The only people who could have known this were her parents. Elsa's parents made a cell specifically for their daughter in case she got out of control.

    119 votes
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    104 VOTES

    Koda's Mom Looks Dangerous Before Kenai Becomes A Bear In 'Brother Bear'

    From Redditor u/graco07:

    In Brother Bear, when we first see Koda’s mom she has black eyes and her teeth are visible in every shot but when Kenai becomes a bear and learns that she was a mother and not all bears are bad as she has a softer appearance.

    104 votes
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    96 VOTES

    An Engineer Gets Trapped In The Flood In 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire'

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, as the submarine is sinking, Audrey shuts off a flooding section as some engineers jump for their lives. One of them is left behind.

    96 votes